Re: Small Steps
I have lived in China, with wife and kids, for a long time. I speak the language, know the culture, the history, etc.
No, they will not become the west. You see, when you let the people vote the politicians in, you get the businessmen to control the politicians. You get the NDAA, the TSA, the Patriot Act, same as China, really. You get corporate controlled media. You get Ron Paul blocked out. You know, that kind of stuff. Ever heard what Iceland people did to their bankers and political model? No, guess not...
Also, let's not forget to remember how great that democratic stuff turned out for India, right? The most polluted and corrupt place on earth, admitted by every Indian guy I've met, without my even asking.
Here politicians vote politicians, from top to bottom. Promotion is based on success. And you can yap all you want about your Human Rights Kool-Aid, I don't care. I live here. My source of information is not your corporate controlled media, but real life, around me. People here are just fine. There's much less regulation in everything, and that causes the economic boom that the USA had, for the same reasons, in the fifties. And it also causes the pollution and bribery. But, overall, things have been steadily improving. Here you have ghost cities, from economic success (as opposed to economic failure in the USA)
People here are actually freer than in America, bar one simple commandment: Thou Shall Not Piss on Your Government. They are hard working, sensible people, no surprise they get along well with the Germans. And yes, you can sneer at these countries having dictators in the past. But guess what, wake up and smell the roses: today the dictators are dead, the people are happy, and these countries are the most prosperous in the world.
Before you judge, have some experience. Or, just delude yourself that your news media is impartial and without agenda, like fair virgins dressed in white. Your call.